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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Outraged by roads

There’s an old saying among reporters: “A pot hole isn’t news unless your editor drives through it on his way to work.”

Perhaps that adage could be extended to include icy roads.

At 9:30 this morning, more than 12 hours after the last of the wintry precipitation stopped, Dunneman Avenue in Kingston -- which I travel in taking my son to school – was an absolute sheet of ice.

Dunneman, which connects Millers Lane to Lucas Avenue, is notoriously worse than other streets in the same area because several large evergreen trees overhang the road surface, and when snow that’s accumulated in those trees falls to the ground, it freezes on contact, resulting in a virtual skating rink.

There are only 99 miles of road in Kingston. You’d think the plow and salt truck drivers, and the people who supervise them, would know where the routine trouble spots are and give those locations extra attention after winter storms. But I guess not.

You’d also think the city would have learned its lesson from the December 2004 accident in which a 7-year-old girl was critically injured when, 24 hours after the last snowfall, her mother’s car spun out on a slippery section of Hurley Avenue and was broadsided by an SUV.

But, again, I guess not.



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